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Derbyshire in preliminary talks with Coles

MattColesDerbyshire County Cricket Club have had preliminary discussions with all-rounder Matt Coles about a possible move to Derbyshire.

The 23-year-old - who toured Australia with the England Lions this winter - has taken 133 wickets at 30.67 with a batting average of 20.66 in 50 first class appearances for Kent.

The right-arm seamer enjoyed his most successful season to date in 2012 claiming 59 wickets at 22.35 and obtaining a batting average of 20.66, including his maiden first-class century against Yorkshire in April.

Coles has also featured in 36 List A matches, claiming 55 wickets at 22.54 with career-best figures of 6-32 against Yorkshire in 2012.

Kent today confirmed that Coles has turned down a new contract and will be leaving the county.

Head Coach Karl Krikken said: “We’ve made no secret of our ambition to add to our team with exciting young talent.

“Matt is an individual who we believe could fit into our future plans as we seek to build a side capable of competing at the highest level for many years to come.

“We have served Kent with the statutory 28 days’ notice some time ago and have spoken to the player’s agent about a possible move to Derbyshire.

"Matt is a talented cricketer and whilst its only early days, the fact that we have talked to Matt says a lot about his genuine desire to get back into England contention by playing regular first team cricket with us, as we continue to provide opportunities for promising youngsters."

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